SANDERS, Louise Lawrence Hughes

Our beloved Mama, Mamaw, and sister – Louise Lawrence Hughes Sanders – died on May 29, 2013, after a short battle with metastatic lung cancer. She was born on November 17, 1929, in Little Rock, AR, to Samuel Grayson Lawrence, Jr. and Helen White Lawrence and grew up in Jackson, MS. She resided for many years in Hobbs, NM, and Houston, TX, relocating to Cedar Park, TX in 2011 to be near her family. Mama was preceded in death by her parents, husbands Alverson Beasley Sanders and James Everett Hughes, sister Helen Catherine Lawrence, and brother Samuel Grayson Lawrence, III. She is survived by daughters Rebecca Louise Hughes Wofford and husband John of Austin, TX; Kay Lee Hughes Smith and husband Bruce of Dripping Springs, TX; and Jamie Helen Hughes Coon of San Marcos, TX. Grandchildren include Christian Scott Wofford and wife Jennifer; James Webster Wofford; Natalie Kay Smith McNeill and husband Curtis; Amanda Jane Smith Woods and husband Joe; Sarah Rebecca Smith Sellers and husband Tommy; Brittney Louise Coon Rodriguez and husband Jason; Brigette Leigh Coon; and Brooke Leslie Coon Shimkus and husband Ryan. Her great grandchildren are Cameron Lee McNeill, Olivia Marie McNeill, Savanna Helen McNeill, Kendall Kay Woods, Faith Lillian Woods, Colton Smith Woods, Samantha Jane Sellers, Durham Brent Coon, and Hollis Clyde Wofford. She is also survived by her sister, Frances Patricia Lawrence Cogbill and husband Homer of Star City, AR; brothers Joseph Anderson Lawrence and wife Mayme Lee of Nashville, TN, and Robert Livingston Lawrence and wife Margaret of Greensboro, NC; and numerous nieces and nephews. According to her high school yearbook of 1947, “Quiet and intelligent, Louise is certainly the kind of person you like to have around. This attractive girl has more than her share of true Southern charm and refinement.” Her family, friends, and any new acquaintance would surely agree with that sentiment. Mama possessed a wonderful artistic talent – she created beautiful oil paintings that are treasured by family members, sewed beautifully, and knitted and crocheted numerous baby blankets for each new grandchild and great-grandchild. She could repair, assemble, and refinish anything around the house. She was an accomplished pianist, loved classical music, and was the best southern cook ever. Mama loved to talk, share her stories, keep up with current events, and read every word of the paper every day. Her strong personality, which we grew to appreciate, influenced and inspired us, and she always had a direct approach to everything. As her daughters and granddaughters say, “We all have a little bit of Mama/Mamaw in us, and we’re proud of it.” She mellowed with age, just like a fine wine. Her strong Christian faith sustained her through her illness, and she received great comfort and care from the staff at Hospice Austin and Christopher House. The family wishes to thank Hospice Austin for all their loving care and support throughout Mama’s illness. Visitation will be at 9:00 a.m. with funeral services at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 1, 2013, at Beck Funeral Home, Cedar Park, Texas. Interment will immediately follow in Cedar Park Cemetery, Cedar Park, Texas.